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Old 11-11-2010, 06:05 PM   #16
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I finally found the solution to this issue across all my linux installs (arch-testing,chakra-testing,debian-sid,slackware -current,salix os 13.1.2, ubuntu 10.10, ubuntu 10.04-was working anyway)

so, for reference my card is

[guest@nfluxos ~]$ cat /proc/driver/nvidia/cards/0
Model: 		 GeForce4 MX 4000
IRQ:   		 19
Video BIOS:
Card Type: 	 AGP
DMA Size: 	 32 bits
DMA Mask: 	 0xffffffff
and I could never get any distro but ubuntu 10.04 to successfully use the driver via Jockey-GTK
any other distro it would usually install but starting X never worked
saying undefined symbol or it couldn't allocate/map the primary surface

so, yesterday I wrote of my review of the new Chakra beta KDE 4.5.3
and a guy named Morgan Cox commented about some new nVidia 96xx drivers

and so it worked on Chakra, so it should then work on my arch-testing install also as chakra-testing and arch-testing are pretty close
anyway, it did not work!
I even tried downgrading xorg, changing to chakra kernel, etc

so I found this here

and the thing that stuck out was about the "vga=normal" parameter
and so I looked at my grub2 /boot/grub/grub.cfg and I manually put "vga=791" on all the different distro's kernel line I had installed
all except one; on Chakra's boot entry I had not added the "vga=791"

so, I removed the "vga=791" parameter in all entries in my grub.cfg
and I left it blank, so there's no "vga=normal" or anything like that

I again installed nvidia-96xx on my arch-testing install, did modprobe nvidia and nvidia-xconfig, then did startx and WHAM!
it works

so, I then successfully installed and was able to use the nvidia 96 driver in every distro, and here's how I did it and what kernels, etc

Chakra: (testing)
xorg-server 1.9.2-1
kernel 2.6.36-CHAKRA
I used pkg0

ARCH (testing)
xorg-server 1.9.2-2
kernel 2.6.36-ARCH
I installed nvidia-96xx and nvidia-utils

Salix OS 13.1.2/Slackware -current
xorg-server 1.7.7
with both I used nvidia-96 from SlackBuilds via SBopkg

Debian Sid
xorg server 1.7.7-8
kernel 2.6.36-0.dmz.8-liquorix-686 (Liquorix kernel)
I used pkg0

Ubuntu 10.10
xorg-server 1.9.0-0
kernel 2.6.35-23-generic
I used pkg0

The overall point is that all of them now work simply by removing
the "vga=" parameter from any grub2 entry!!

hope this helps someone as I would like anyone to verify this for me?


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